The 5 Best Winter Cycling Jackets to keep you on your Bike this Season

As the frosty mornings draw in and the rain starts to fall, going for a cycle becomes much more of a chore than usual. You may have lost all motivation, or have been put off by the cold temperatures outside, but if you make sure that you’re well prepared for the season ahead then there’s really no need to worry! One of our main pieces of advice is to invest in one of the best winter cycling jackets on the market. I’m talking waterproof, windproof and warm so that you protect yourself against all-weather scenarios!

As a quick guide before I tell you our top picks, the following are a few features that you ideally want for a good quality winter cycling jacket:

  • Warmth

Firstly, you want to look for warmth with breathability in a winter jacket. Whilst you need a fabric that retains heat, you don’t want to over-heat or sweat too much, so the best winter cycling jackets have features to target these elements specifically. Many are designed with mesh-like materials to help your body breathe alongside thick materials to ensure that you maintain a warm temperature but don’t over-heat when climbing.

  • Waterproof

You want to protect yourself from the rain, not just a drizzle or shower but persistent rainfall. It can be very difficult to increase your body temperature after becoming cold and wet when training in the winter. The best way to avoid this is to invest in a jacket with waterproof technology, which will keep you dry and comfortable for longer.

  • Windproof

You should also consider a windproof cycling jacket to make sure that you don’t get a chill when forcing through a strong headwind. Windproof materials keep the cold air out while ensuring you retain heat within the jacket, thus meaning your body remains protected and your cycling performance isn’t affected by the cold.

  • Reflective Features

The very best winter jackets feature reflective materials in areas such as the rear pockets, zips and seams. Safety and visibility is more important than even during the winter months, the mornings remain darker for longer and the nights draw in faster. Whilst bike lights are efficient and essential, having reflective elements on your winter jacket that can be caught by car headlights and street lights to ensure you remain visible on the road at all times shouldn’t go amiss!


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2016-01-15 15:30:50By Elizabeth Demetriou

Winter Cycling Jacket Suggestions

  1. Sportful Fiandre Cabrio Jacket
    £99.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Sportful Fiandre Cabrio Jacket

    The Sportful Fiandre Cabrio really does do it all. It’s an all-conditions warm winter jacket that combines great thermal protection with wind and water resistance.

    The Fiandre Cabrio is constructed using Gore Windstopper 4-Way Warm fabric on the front and 4-Way Mid fabric on the sleeves and back. This ensures you’re protected from wind, rain and even snow. A removable rear panel allows you to dress for different conditions without having to splash out on multiple jackets.

    Stay warm and protect yourself from even the harshest of winter elements with this fantastic all-round jacket from Sportful.

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  2. Santini Beta Rain Windstopper Jacket - Bordeaux
    £89.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Santini Beta Rain Windstopper Jacket - Bordeaux

    The Santini Beta Winter Windstopper has all the credentials of a top of the range winter jacket. A carefully constructed combination of advanced fabrics provides optimal protection from even the harshest of elements. The insulated Windstopper Fuga material is anatomically cut to provide a slim fit while keeping you dry and comfortable.

    With reflective piping on the back for added visibility in low-light conditions and breathable fabrics that draw moisture away from your body during intense climbs, all you have to focus on is your ride.

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  3. Castelli Perfetto Jersey
    £116.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Castelli Perfetto Jersey

    The Perfetto is more of a cycling jersey than a cycling jacket but as we all know, some winter rides are warmer than others. It’s water repellent and features a storm flap to protect you from the rain and road spray on wet days. Gore® Windstopper® X-Lite Plus fabric throughout is lightweight and breathable to prevent overheating while climbing while keeping you warm at all times.

    The fit is nothing short of fantastic, stretchy materials means the jersey is snug but not restrictive. Available in a range of colours, you can be sure to find the Perfetto that best suits your needs this winter.

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  4. Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket
    £74.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Sportful Fiandre Strato Wind Jacket

    Like the Castelli Perfetto, the Fiandre Strato is extremely versatile and provides a great deal of protection. A two-piece construction means the Fiandre Strato feels like a jersey/gilet combo but acts like a winter jacket. This combination allows more freedom for the arms, and the zip opening on the front allows for thermoregulation even on longer climbs or when the temperature rises.

    NoRain fabric provides excellent protection, even during heavy downpours.

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  5. Castelli Alpha RoS Light Jacket
    £129.99 Buy now with Probikekit

    Castelli Alpha RoS Light Jacket

    We’ve recently been out testing the new Alpha RoS Light jacket from Castelli and have fallen in love with it. Wind protection, warmth, rain protection, fit… It ticks all the boxes. Gore’s new Windstopper® fabric is used as with so many winter cycling jackets to offer wet weather protection. Seam-sealed shoulders with reflective piping is a fantastic feature.

    This jacket is lightweight and also performs great in dry meaning whatever the weather you can get out and enjoy your ride.

    Buy now with free delivery

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Elizabeth Demetriou

Elizabeth Demetriou


I'm a runner at heart but since shin splints became a big part of my life, I turned to cycling as a form of cross training. I love riding track and am a regular on the Manchester velodrome; on the road I ride a Trek Lexa and I call it Toby.

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